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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 25, 2014 12:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: GD Mix for beginners?

A while back I made this mix to introduce my mom to the Dead. It worked really well, she loved it.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hdf2a3ykfbbhqda/nkwjZaOah-

I blended the songs together to make seamless transitions and I think it works really nicely overall. I tailored the song selection to things I thought she'd enjoy, and I had to pick things that were short enough to fit them all on a single disc.

Anyway, check it out and see if you like it. I think it might be a good way to introduce people to their music.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 25, 2014 10:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

We can share the women, we can share the wine opener? FOTD? Hell in a Bucket? Straight, no chaser mc.

I couldn't play it, so I missed all your hard work with the smooth editing, ect. I'm glad your moms liked it. I usually go easy peasy with Reckoning and maybe WaN Eyes.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 25, 2014 10:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

Yeah looks like you'd have to download each file individually. Bummer.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 26, 2014 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

For a pretty good "mass produced" beginner's compilation, you might search out Starbucks(Oh the humanity) two disc(one live, one studio) "Eternally Grateful".

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 26, 2014 1:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

OK, this makes me curious. I know you're in the Youngun category, and I thought your dad was kind of a Deadhead himself. So, "introduce" her? What's her age group and taste? "Hell in the Bucket" as "mom music" definitely jumped out at me. My own mom is in the Classic "Turn That Noise Down!" Pre-Rock Generation that is now sadly disappearing, so that soon hardly anyone will remember when parents thought that rock was the devil's music. Or at least communist.

Franklin's Tower is a nice finale. My mom, in spite of having no tolerance for the GD (or any rock), still has a card I made her for mother's day over 30 years ago that quotes Franklin's Tower. I was so touched to see that she'd saved that, even when moving to a retirement community ...

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Poster: Headstrung Date: Mar 27, 2014 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

During a hot and humid Summer day in Connecticut, oh about 1979 or 80, I was playing Jimi Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner and my grandmother whipped into the room and yanked the needle off the record. I then was given the red white and blue lecture. I am glad she stopped me because clearly I was on a one way street to becoming a communist!

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Mar 26, 2014 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

My old man was a huge Brubeck jazz fan who thought all R&R was garbage...until he heard us playing the Dark Star from Live Dead. He busts into my room with a look of great concern - "I didn't know you guys liked real music" was his comment...as we rapidly stashed the bong under the bed...

My Mom was taken aback by Stella Blue - "you guys like this slow beautiful stuff?" More than you can ever imagine Mom...

My Grandmother, who was a Vaudeville musician, really liked jamming along with Ripple - her comment was "that is actually a real song" as opposed to regular R&R which she hated.

I'm not a R&R fan, I am a Deadhead. That is why I can't deal with any of the post Jerry material, it is just plain old R&R now, a whole dimension of it is long gone.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 26, 2014 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

I'm constantly having that reaction from people with the Dead. They have all these assumptions and then I play them something as simple and classic as "Ripple" and it shatters all their assumptions. "Oh... I didn't realize they were actually good."

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 26, 2014 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

I'm 24, and I joined this forum as a fresh-faced 18-year-old, so that places me firmly in the "Youngun" category as you say. GD is my dad's favorite band and has been my whole life, but my mom never cared for the dead throughout my parents' marriage. It wasn't until I got into them as a young adult (and my mom and dad were divorce, hmm) that she said "Hey this is kind of good," which motivated me to try to find a subset of Dead songs/performances that she might like. I'm one of those naive Deadheads who believes EVERYONE would love the Dead if only they heard the right songs. Sadly it hasn't worked with any of my girlfriends, but it did with my mom.

She's 56. I can't tell you what her tastes are. I just sorta went with my gut. It was like "this feels like a Mom kind of song" and went with it without questioning.

Franklin's Tower is a great finale I thought, and as a music geek I found it satisfying to go from Box of Rain, which ends with an Asus chord, to Franklin's, which is in A mixolydian.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 26, 2014 12:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

So you're younger than my youngest.......

I need to borrow the Prime Mnister's walker.....

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 26, 2014 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

Yea he's 8 years younger than my youngest child, and only 9 years older than my oldest grandchild. Can I get the walker when you're done?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Mar 27, 2014 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

I forgot what we were talking about?

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 27, 2014 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

Hahahah

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Mar 26, 2014 7:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: GD Mix for beginners?

At least your mom is older than me. But not by much. Quite solidly in the rock generation though. Not even classic Woodstock era.

How can you not know her tastes?!? Speaking as a mom here, ask her!

So you were the age my kid is now when you started on the forum ... wow. Did you know how to clean your room? Wait, I shouldn't ask you that question. I should ask your mom. :-)

I have a feeling you knew A mixolydian, though. Aside from having excellent taste. Which you MUST be able to transmit to girlfriends ... keep trying ... maybe you need to go to more DSO shows or festivals or something ... a million bazillion FB likes can't all come from folks over 40!